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I have thought about this for several years now. I would absolutely love to be a midwife. I have perused a few websites but I'd really appreciate any personal insight you may have to offer concerning what route I should take. I have an associate's degree in Biology from a local community college and I took a few classes at a state university. I'll have to use financial aid. Any suggestions or comments? Thanks in advance.

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Have you weighed CNM vs. CPM? That's your first step, I'd say.

You might get more play in Birth Professionals.

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Where I live you find a midwife to apprentice under. id write moe but my keyboard is dying....bateries are out lol
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In a couple of years I plan on going to the Frontier School...that's for CNM. I agree that you need to decide what KIND of midwife you want to be, what the legalities are in your state, etc.

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I am going to be enrolling in AAMI in the near future. I've decided to get the "studying" part well underway before i get an apprenticeship, as i would like for my kiddos to be a little older

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Its taken me three years to figure my route out. There are several ways to do it and you need to see whats out there and decide which is right for you.
I became a doula first, studied a lot. I am doing the prerequisites at birthingway and hopefully attending there next year. It is involving a cross country move to do it but it is just what is right for me.
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i'd recommend reading midwifery today's paths to becoming a midwife: getting an education .
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yes there are many ways. I have been a doula and now am working as a midwife's assistant. I am also going through the Midwife To Be program.

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The Paths to Becoming a Midwife book was very very helpful. I was able to figure out which type of midwife and how to become that midwife.

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And check with your state! Here in FL, AAMI would not be an excepted for of education. Thankfully the AAMI lady was able to show me this and lead towards the people I need to talk to! We have on program close to me, but its a Masters program for CNM. There are other accepted schools, but they are over 2 hours away, so..... my dream is put on hold till the kiddos are older.

so, check with your state, AAMI can help with this, then ask around. Here, in FL, The lay midwives have it easier than the CNMs, who are held to much more medical standards. I've heard pros and cons from both

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i'd recommend reading midwifery today's paths to becoming a midwife: getting an education .
Yes! This is a very helpful book when deciding what kind of midwife you'd like to be. Also, learn more about your state laws to you know how your practice will be affected.

My long term goal is to be a midwife too and starting as a doula & getting to know my town's birth friendly community & self-study have been the beginning of this journey for me.
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I will be doing the same thing as milkydoula...enrolling in AAMI in a couple years, getting most of the studying and coursework out of the way, and then apprenticing when my (future) children are older.

Oh, and somewhere in between I'll also be moving to West Virginia since Florida doesn't allow CPM's to practice.

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Oh, and somewhere in between I'll also be moving to West Virginia since Florida doesn't allow CPM's to practice.
???

Florida certainly allows CPMs to practice. They have to also be licensed. But most licensed midwives are also CPMs.

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Florida certainly allows CPMs to practice. They have to also be licensed. But most licensed midwives are also CPMs.
No, Florida does not allow CPM's to practice. They only allow Licensed Midwives to practice. Those LM's are certainly allowed to be CPM's, but CPM's on their own (without Florida licensure) are not legally allowed to practice. And this is most unfortunate, as there is no way possible I'd ever be able to afford to go to one of the midwifery schools here. I think if Florida allowed those with CPM certification to practice here legally, we'd have a lot more midwives.

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No, Florida does not allow CPM's to practice. They only allow Licensed Midwives to practice. Those LM's are certainly allowed to be CPM's, but CPM's on their own (without Florida licensure) are not legally allowed to practice. And this is most unfortunate, as there is no way possible I'd ever be able to afford to go to one of the midwifery schools here. I think if Florida allowed those with CPM certification to practice here legally, we'd have a lot more midwives.
I went to the ISOM in Miami for $100 per month, plus books.

It isn't the right school for everybody, but it is an affordable option for most, and includes your entire apprenticeship.

You don't have to go to a Florida school to get licensed there. What, exactly, do you think would keep you from getting your license in FL?

But I'm not one to discourage people from moving away from FL seeing as I just did it myself.

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I went to the ISOM in Miami for $100 per month, plus books.

It isn't the right school for everybody, but it is an affordable option for most, and includes your entire apprenticeship.

You don't have to go to a Florida school to get licensed there. What, exactly, do you think would keep you from getting your license in FL?

But I'm not one to discourage people from moving away from FL seeing as I just did it myself.
Maybe I am out of the loop, but last I heard, you DO have to go to a Florida school to get licensed here, because none of the schools are currently offering the four-month program for midwives who are already licensed and practicing in other states. And even if they were, these said midwives would have to have attended an MEAC (is that the right abbr.??) accredited school, or else they will need to take the full midwifery program in a Florida midwifery school.

$100 a month is affordable for me. That's how much I'll be paying to take the AAMI distance course. However, moving to Miami is definitely NOT affordable for me. Miami is five hours drive away from where I live now. I have never even been to Miami, though I have friends who used to live there, and they moved back here because they said the cost of living was just too high. Besides, my very small immediate family lives here...not far from me. They are planning on moving to West Virginia, too. Moving to Miami is just not an option for me or my family.

Anyway, I am not moving to West Virginia just so I can practice midwifery. I'm moving to West Virginia because my mom and her husband are moving there, because it snows in the winter, because I love the mountains, and because I could buy two houses there for the price of one here!

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Maybe I am out of the loop, but last I heard, you DO have to go to a Florida school to get licensed here, because none of the schools are currently offering the four-month program for midwives who are already licensed and practicing in other states. And even if they were, these said midwives would have to have attended an MEAC (is that the right abbr.??) accredited school, or else they will need to take the full midwifery program in a Florida midwifery school.

$100 a month is affordable for me. That's how much I'll be paying to take the AAMI distance course. However, moving to Miami is definitely NOT affordable for me. Miami is five hours drive away from where I live now. I have never even been to Miami, though I have friends who used to live there, and they moved back here because they said the cost of living was just too high. Besides, my very small immediate family lives here...not far from me. They are planning on moving to West Virginia, too. Moving to Miami is just not an option for me or my family.

Anyway, I am not moving to West Virginia just so I can practice midwifery. I'm moving to West Virginia because my mom and her husband are moving there, because it snows in the winter, because I love the mountains, and because I could buy two houses there for the price of one here!
You do have to go to a school approved by the state of Florida. There are very few choices for this. The state website says there are six schools, and lists Delphi, although its been closed for some time! Florida Friends of Midwifery can verify this for you! As they have for me!

http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/midwi...c_req_end.html

these are the schools- http://www.floridamidwives.org/ USF has a CNM program, but its a masters program

If it were as simple as doing AAMI, Id already be started! But i'm in Clearwater, all the schools are hours away.

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Okay, I'm pretty sure I want to be a CNM. With my A.S. in Bio, how much more general coursework do you think I'll need? Will I have to go to a special midwifery school or are there programs at regular colleges/universities?

I will defintiely be checking out the recommended books next week!

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I *think* you have to become an RN first, get 2 years experience in L&D, then apply to a CNM program.

Is that right?

feminine_earth: I totally understand about not wanting to move to Miami. It was very hard for us. I'm glad we did it, don't regret it one bit, but it was *very* hard.

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http://www.motherstuff.com/html/2mid...schoolsCA.html

one link i found quickly.

I do believe i have heard of a CNM program that didnt require the entire nursing be completed first but it was in the new england area. Something big like Yale. I really dont remeber so dont hold me to any of it. I am not real familiar with the requirements of that path as it isnt the one i will take.
But i do believe the pp is correct, you have to start with nursing, be active as an RN first, then complete a CNM program. Your associates could probably provide much of the initial coursework required for the RN degree, but you are still looking at alot of work, as with any midwifery path.

I would definantly look more into the requirements in the state of California as well.

good luck to you in your research and the future ahead!

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Yup, last I heard Yale has a CNM program that lets you skip the L&D route. Otherwise I think all CNM programs require nursing and L&D experience first. Good luck!
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The University of Michigan does not require nursing experience. They will admit you straight from a nursing program.

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There are quite a few schools with graduate-entry CNM schools. That means you don't have to have any nursing education or experience. You just have to have a bachelor's degree and in some cases a few prerequisite classes. Yale, University of California San Francisco, University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, and Marquette University are the ones I remember off the top of my head but there are more. You graduate in three years and you have a Masters of Science in Nursing and if you pass the test, you're a CNM.

They're extremely competitive programs, as well as being intense and difficult because of the short amount of time, but they're definitely an option for someone with education that is not in nursing or someone who does not wish to get a nursing degree. I'm looking into these programs because I am almost done with my BA in Women's Studies. I'm 25 and I don't want to have to start almost at the beginning again to get a BSN in nursing (three years), get the required experience (one year IF I could get an immediate position in L&D), then do ANOTHER three years of CNM school. This way, I'll be a midwife by the time I'm 29, versus being almost 35.

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